Blue Demons and Saint Francis Play to 1-1 Draw
CHICAGO – Through 120 minutes and chances by both teams to take the victory, DePaul and Saint Francis played to a 1-1 tie on Friday afternoon at Wish Field. Luke Rojo tied the match in the 85th minute, but neither team could find the back of the net over the remainder of regulation and two overtime periods.
Saint Francis (0-2-1) put together a textbook goal 30 minutes into the match as Jonathan Fridal and Andrew Stephens set up Aaron Clapham for the 1-0 lead. Fridal and Stephens worked the ball through the box from the right side and found Clapham on the left side where he beat DePaul keeper Brian Visser with a shot to the lower right corner.
Early in the second half Anthony Minniti dribbled into the box for DePaul and fired a shot from 15 yards directly to Saint Francis keeper Bobby Pipech who made the save. The Blue Demons put together a second opportunity with just under 10 minutes left in the second half when Adam Hermsen’s header missed just wide of the left post.
DePaul found the back of the net at 84:10 when Luke Rojo scored off a free kick. Rojo lined up at the top of the box and sent it through the Red Flash defense. For Rojo, it was his first goal of the season and 13th of his career.
In the first overtime both teams had chances with John Partyka’s header saved by Pipech and a shot by Saint Francis’ Jeremy Tice from the top of the box sailing just over the crossbar.
Saint Francis missed a golden opportunity for the golden goal as they hit the crossbar on back-to-back shots with two minutes left. Scott Thompson chipped a shot over Visser that hit the crossbar before Zach Koontz did the same off the rebound.
DePaul (1-1-1) outshot the Red Flash, 12-7, while taking five corner kicks compared to three for the visitors. Visser finished the match with three saves and Pipech tallied four stops.
The Blue Demons host Drake on Sunday afternoon in a non-conference match. Kick off at Wish Field is set for 1 p.m.
Next weekend is Alumni Weekend with the men's team taking on Georgetown on Friday and a doubleheader on Sunday featuring the men against Seton Hall followed by the DePaul women's team against Central Michigan.